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Chris Matthews uses show to apologize ‘for all white people’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews spoke for "all white people" on his program Thursday, apologizing to his guests and the black community for unspecified transgressions committed by whites.

"I'll just tell you one thing," the "Hardball" host said. "And I'm speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who've tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I'm sorry for this stuff. That's all I'm saying."

One of the guests he was apologizing to was former Republican National Convention chairman Michael Steele, a black conservative, whom Matthews said he voted for in 2006 because he was black.

"We don't have any African Americans in the United States Senate, which I think is a disgrace," Matthews said in June. "You know, it's one of the reasons I voted for my friend Michael Steele when he ran."

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